ST. GEORGE — Numerous Bloomington Hills residents awoke Saturday morning to find their personal property vandalized by black spray paint.
Words and symbols drawn with black spray paint were found on a utility trailer, a brand-new red Chevy pickup truck and privacy fences throughout Bloomington Hills. The graffiti is suspected to have happened between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., St. George Police Officer Jace Hutchings said.
St. George Police received reports of a group of about eight juveniles walking through the area late Friday night, but no connection to the graffiti has been made. Approximately four juveniles have been interviewed, but as of right now this is an ongoing investigation, Hutchings said.
Much of the graffiti found used profane language and other words and symbols with negative connotations, but the graffiti isn’t suspected to be gang related or a product of a hate crime, St. George Police Sgt. Rich Triplett said. Gang related graffiti, or “tagging,” takes time, whereas this incident seems to indicate a juvenile or group of juveniles who got their hands on a can of spray paint.
“The one thing that was consistent amongst most of them was the number 666,” Triplett said.
Keeping vehicles, buildings and other property free of graffiti is a high priority for St. George police officers, St. George Police Officer Michael Christensen said.
“We have a protocol; we jump right on it and have it cleaned up,” Christensen said. “We don’t want the city getting tagged all the time.”
The charge in this type of case would be a third-degree felony for criminal mischief unless police officers discover more black spray paint related to this incident. Currently, the total damage stands at $3,000, Triplett said.
As a note of precaution, Triplett advises citizens to be cognizant and aware of the happenings in their neighborhoods. Anyone who sees a person walking around the neighborhood late at night with a can of spray paint should report it.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by responders on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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